Companies and the government need to be very careful that they don't encourage groups to take the law into their own hands when it comes to stopping cyberattacks, warned National Security Agency deputy director Chris Inglis. The U.S. needs to exercise powers at its disposal, such as sanctions and criminal charges, but, he said recently, "we don't want to encourage vigilantism." He also warned that just defending cybernetworks won't work. "If your security depends upon a static advantage and the static nature of compliance-based standards, your heart's going to be broken on a fairly regular basis," Inglis said.
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